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Review: ‘Bet you can’t…find me’ by Linda S. Prather

Genre: Psychological Thriller / Paranormal / Crime.
Length: 322 pages (approx.)

This is book 1 in the Catherine Mans Psychic Suspense series.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Imagine a killer who can kill at will from a distance. No gun, no weapon. Nothing more than a thought.” Catherine Mans has the ability to see and hear what others can’t. With the help of Homicide Sergeant Cody Allen, she’s turned that talent into a successful profession as a psychic consultant. But Catherine’s past is coming back to haunt her. Someone is threatening the lives of everyone she loves. Nine bodies have been discovered, and Catherine is the FBI’s prime suspect. To prove her innocence, she must unravel the secrets of her past, and answer the challenge of a deranged psychic. Bet you can’t…FIND ME!

Review: To begin with, I wasn’t sure that this book was necessarily for me. I don’t tend to read books about psychics,  but I quickly got drawn into the story and struggled to put it down. I was quite interested in a psychic helping the police, but what I really enjoyed was how creepy the story got! I loved reading about the Bayou and really enjoyed the different languages (with translations) that the author took the time to include.

On the whole, the characters were well-developed and interesting. Catherine was mysterious at the beginning of the book, which made it a little difficult to like her, but as the book progressed and I found out more about her past and the events that she had to go through, I started to really like her. I also really liked the character of Rosetta. She was fun, quirky and fearless. However, I didn’t like the character of Cody and thought that he needed to be developed more as his character felt a little flat at times.

This book was interesting with many twists and turns. Leading up to the end of the book, I found it impossible to put down. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was, and just when I thought I’d guessed, I found out I was wrong!  The author concluded the story but still left me eager to read the next book in the series, which is an impressive skill. Definitely recommended!

★★★★ – An interesting book with many twists and turns. Enjoyed reading about the Bayou and everything associated with it! Definitely recommended!

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Review: ‘Under the Winter Sun’ by Carrigan Richards

Genre: Young Adult (YA) / Paranormal / Romance
Length: 350 pages (approx.)

This book is part of the Elemental Enchanters series.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: When the previous battle leaves all of the Enchanters powerless and broken, Ava distances herself from everyone. Her closest friends have been kidnapped and she feels useless. All she can feel from Peter is guilt because he could not protect the coven so Ava learns to hide her emotions in order to keep her thoughts at bay. It’s taking more time than she expected for her strength and powers to return and she sinks deeper into a depression. Once Ava and her coven gain their powers back they start their journey to Caprington to defeat Havok and save their friends. She must choose her allegiance or risk losing everyone she loves.

Review:  I enjoyed reading this. What Ava had gone through in the first two books of the series doesn’t compare to what she faces here. It was interesting to see how the Enchanters dealt with the aftermath of the events in the second book and there was certainly a lot happening. The twists and turns and certain events left me feeling as confused as Ava and I greatly enjoyed the development in Ava’s love life. My only complaint would be that, while I understand that the author was leaving scope for further books, I would have liked the ending to have been developed a little more, as it felt like it ended a bit too abruptly for all the build up it had.

★★★★ – Exciting and fast-paced with lots of twists and turns. However, ending felt a little abrupt in my opinion.

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Review: ‘When Darkness Fell’ by Carrigan Richards

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Length: 70 pages (approx.)

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I have awarded this short story 4 Stars.

Summary: In the aftermath of another battle, Savina is desperate for ways to end the war against the dark Enchanters. She turns to her archaic journal that tells the story of how the war started in hopes of giving her clues. In the journal, Savina and her half-brother Colden live in a small Scottish village in the mid-1600s, keeping their identities as Enchanters a secret. But when a strange plague threatens the town, Savina and Colden must kill the source before the entire town is annihilated. The problem is, the source is their father.

Review: Having enjoyed the first two books in the Elemental Enchanters series, I was interested to start this as it promised more information about Savina’s background. It was nice to get to know her a little better because she is quite a closed off characters in the first two books. It was also interesting to hear about Savina’s coven.

★ ★ ★ ★- A nice addition to the series, providing more information about Savina’s background.

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Review: ‘Hybrid’ by Vanessa Wester

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Young Adult
Length: 321 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 3 stars.

[Hybrid is Book 1 in the Evolution trilogy.]

Summary: Stephen Thorn has no trouble settling in during his first week of university. Having been at boarding school since he was eight years old, why should he? Happy to keep to himself, he is not interested in making friends. However, when he runs into Caitlin – literally – he decides that she is definitely one person than he wants to know. Due to a tragic event, Caitlin takes a break from university and Stephen is left alone. Waiting for Caitlin’s return, Stephen has a chance encounter with a girl named Ingrid that will change his life forever. What does he learn that will have this effect? Read to find out.

Review: It took me a while to get into this book, especially as the prologue felt completely unrelated to begin with (though it became clearer with later events). About half way through I found myself interested to know how the story would pan out and eager to learn more about the world that was being described. For the most part, I enjoyed the world that Vanessa Wester has created, though I have to say that I did find some parts to be unbelievable and over-the-top, and other parts occurred too quickly without enough explanation. For this reason, I have given this book a rating of 3 stars.

I feel that, most of the time, Vanessa Wester did a good job of weaving background information into the plot, though there were also parts that felt a bit clumsy to me. On the whole, the characters were well developed and the dialogue was believable, though I did struggle to believe some of the actions of the characters. Although there were parts that did not work for me, including the twist at the end, all in all I found this to be a promising debut novel and an interesting concept.

★★★ – a promising debut novel and an interesting concept. Unfortunately, I found some parts to be unbelievable and without enough explanation. Character actions were also a little unbelievable at times. 

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Review: ‘Forever Watching You’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Mystery / Suspence / Supernatural
Length: 194 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: When Anneka Morton is reported missing by her husband, DI Miranda Carr and her partner, DS Johnny Tomlin, head to the crime scene to investigate. Putting together all the clues, it is clear that Anneka was abducted from her home. As the case progresses, it becomes apparent that this may not be a missing persons inquiry, but rather a murder inquiry. Will they find the killer?

Review: I was a little worried about reading a book by this author about another female police officer because I expected it to be a reworking of the Lorne Simpkins books, with different names. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While the first Lorne book gave a fair bit of information about her personal life, this book focussed primarily on the case; information about Miranda’s personal life is included but not to the same extent, I found. I greatly enjoyed the interactions between Miranda and her boss, Caroline (especially when they were in Portugal! Very funny!), and the way that Miranda interacted with her team. I also found the dialogue between Miranda and her work partner, Johnny, to be believable and interesting. I would maybe have liked to see a bit more from Anneka, but other than that a very promising start to the series.

★★★★ – I really liked Miranda and found the interactions to be very believable. I would have maybe wanted to see more of Anneka. A very promising start to the series. 

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Review: ‘Crossfire’ by Andrea Domanski

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal
Length: 280 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 3 stars.

Summary: Mirissa Colson hasn’t seen her mum since she walked out on her and her father. So, when her mum sends her a birthday present on her eighteenth birthday, she is, understandably, confused. However, she wasn’t prepared for this present to turn her life upside down. Thrown into a world that most people think exists only in stories, Mirissa quickly has to learn how to defend herself. What is this family secret? Why did her mum leave? Who does she have to fight?

Review: I found this book to be a largely enjoyable read. There was plenty of action and the plot was interesting. I enjoyed reading about the world that Mirissa had been thrown into. I also found Mirissa’s father, Steve, to be a greatly lovable character. However, I felt that the main character, Mirissa, was too accepting of the situations she found herself in. As this book is the first book in the Omega Group series, the story was, for the most part, set up well.  Also, I felt that some things could have been explained better. I did think that the writing flowed nicely, though, so I would recommend this book.

★★★ – an interesting idea that I found largely enjoyable to read. I found the main character to be too accepting of situations and thought some things could have been explained a little more. The writing flowed nicely, so I would still recommend it.

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Review: ‘Under the Burning Stars’ by Carrigan Richards

Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal
Length: 336 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

This is book 2 in the Elemental Enchanters series. While everything is explained enough for this to work as a standalone book, I would advise that you read book one first.

Summary: After risking everything to be with Peter, her true love, against the wishes of her coven, Ava should be happy. Instead, she is desperate for answers about her mother’s death. Plagued by nightmares, will Ava find the answers that she seeks? What lengths will she go to to find these answers? Will her coven forgive her?

Review: This book is even better than the first in the series. The story picks up pretty much exactly where the last book left off. We see Ava and Peter adjust to being a couple, as well as adjusting to the world that they are apart of. This world is completely new for Peter, but he often seems to have more of a clear head about everything than Ava. We also see how the Aureole adjusts to Peter.

The pace in this book felt quicker to me and there was more going on. I understand that the first book had to set the scene and introduce the characters and concepts, but I found myself enjoying this book more. It was interesting to learn about the new powers and see how each character handled the situations that they were thrown into. I was also interested to learn more about the death of Ava’s mum and get to know the other members of the Aureole. I particularly liked the relationship between Ava and Gabriel and will be interested to see where the author takes it.

★★★★★ – Interesting and fast paced. I will be interested to see where the author takes it. Highly recommended.

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